Common Hope students graduate at 3 to 4 times the national rate

Common Hope is fighting poverty with diplomas. Children whose parents didn’t finish primary school are graduating at three and four times the national rate of 18.6%. A study conducted in 2017 shows that for Common Hope students, graduation is just the beginning. Designed to answer two basic questions:

“Does partnership with Common Hope increase the likelihood of high school graduation?”
“Are high school graduates better off than non-graduates, and if so, in what ways?”

Graduates earn about 50% more than non-graduates.

Graduates are twice as likely to work in a job that provides benefits like health insurance and paid vacation. 

Graduates have better job security.

Graduates enjoy a higher standard of living. 

Female graduates earn three times more than non-graduates.

Graduates are more optimistic about their future.

Graduates’ higher earnings lessen their families’ suffering from unmet basic needs.

Graduates rated their health better than non graduates. 

Common Hope dramatically increases a student’s likelihood of graduation –– and graduation changes life’s opportunities.

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Sustaining Progress From One Year to the Next

Expanding services to meet needs
What started as a grassroots movement with 175 kids in one community has grown to serve 14,000 individuals in 27 communities. More than 5,000 students benefit from Common Hope programs each year.

Reaching more students
Common Hope partners with both families and schools. In 2010, Common Hope went deeper in their relationship with schools Common Hope students attend. Through these deepened relationships, Common Hope makes an even greater impact – Common is able to influence the quality and value of education inside and outside the home, and ultimately, the likelihood of student graduating. It has proven to be a way for Common Hope to help entire schools, teachers and the country’s Ministry of Education.

Proven Success
Common Hope celebrated the first high school graduate in 1996. By 2011, 1,000 students had graduated and in 2017 Common Hope celebrated as the 2,000th graduate received their diploma.

Delivering on our mission
A study conducted by the University of Chicago showed that Common Hope students graduate at 3 and 4 times the national average and Common Hope graduates are 93% more likely to work in formal job positions. Overall, Common Hope graduates earn more, are healthier, and are more optimistic about their futures than their peers.

Financial Stewardship

Common Hope has a well-established track record for accomplishing our goals and managing our programs. During the last three years, an average of 82% of donations have gone directly to programs.

Common Hope has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog that measures for financial health as well as organizational transparency and accountability. Only 2% of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive this “exceptional” designation. Common Hope has also achieved the Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Common Hope is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

Common Hope is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and is audited annually. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law. Listed below you will find three years of financial and program outcomes for Common Hope.